Thursday's Carolina Links

Thursday's links from around the 'net.

Carolina Football

"For the 14 North Carolina running backs who have rushed for more than 1,000 yards a total of 24 times since 1969, a big day in the season finale against Duke became part of the tradition."
McGill glimmer of hope for Heels
The Greensboro News-Record

"North Carolina's 2-9 record entering Saturday's season finale against Duke can be attributed to poor defensive play, especially against the run."
Run defense non-existent for Heels
The Fayetteville Observer

"An evaluation deadline has passed with no contract extension for UNC athletics director Dick Baddour. Now, coaches and athletics officials have been asked to evaluate their boss, a process that will go a long way toward determining his future at UNC beyond June 2004."
Baddour awaits review
The Durham Herald Sun

"Douglas, who will play his final game on Saturday against North Carolina in Chapel Hill, won't look back at his college career in anger"
Can't keep Blue Devils RB down
The News and Observer

"Fowler is trying to become the first player in ACC history to lead his team in tackles for four straight seasons. Fowler has piled up 123 stops this season, but Duke safety Terrell Smith has an ACC-best 133. For Fowler to get the record, Smith probably would have to slip in Saturday's season finale at North Carolina."
Time running out on Duke's Fowler
The Durham Herald Sun

"It could, however, be about North Carolina defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable and his future with the Tar Heels. UNC Coach John Bunting, just 5-18 over the past two years, still has the unflagging support of Athletic Director Dick Baddour. But a season in which Carolina will set a school record for most yards allowed per game -- its average of 512.6 is last in Division I-A by more than 22 yards -- has prominent Carolina fans clamoring for someone's head. Huxtable is the logical choice, particularly if Duke has a big offensive day against the Tar Heels."
Clemson coach on edge - ACC Notebook
The Washington Post


Carolina Basketball

"ODU this season brought in five signees. Four likely will play a lot — 6-foot-8 Arnaud Dahi, 6-7 Valdas Vasylius, 6-2 Abdi Lidonde and 6-0 Drew Williamson. Six-foot-4 Brian Henderson is expected to redshirt. That on top of a four-man recruiting class from a year ago. Out of that sophomore class, two players gained invaluable experience a year ago: 6-9 forward Alex Loughton and 6-2 guard Isaiah Hunter. Both will likely start Saturday in the season opener at North Carolina (TV: 8 p.m., WTVZ). The Monarchs take on nationally ranked UNC in Roy Williams' debut as the Tar Heels' head coach."
Youthful Monarchs hold plenty of promise
The Virginian Pilot

"Keeping the Tar Heels healthy may be as important as coaching and playing as Williams inherits a talented but thin roster that can't afford many injuries. A rotation not expected to go deeper than eight has already suffered a loss - athletic sophomore David Noel is expected to miss the first four to six weeks of the season with an injured thumb."
Tar Heels' hopes rest on thin roster
The Asheville Citizen-Times

"Matt Doherty is preparing for a game this weekend, the same way he would if he were still the coach at North Carolina. He's watching game tapes, looking for tendencies, trying to get a read on a coach's personality. Doherty, of course, is not coaching. He will make his live television debut Friday night as an analyst, working alongside Bob Valvano on College Sports TV for that budding cable network's broadcast of Wisconsin at Penn."
Doherty's moved on to next gig
The Durham Herald Sun

"Moving on has been pretty much the prevailing theme around the North Carolina men's basketball program for months. The Tar Heels are putting the tumultuous past behind them, collectively relieved that former coach Matt Doherty has gone his separate way."
Tar Heels try to put the past behind them
The Shelby Star

"Saturday night is a big one for Drew Williamson, a former two-sport standout at Cummings High School. He's making his college basketball debut for Old Dominion, and is doing it against a team he once dreamed of playing for — North Carolina — and nearly did. If it is an event Williamson is getting nervous about, though, he is not letting on."
Former Cummings star to make college debut against North Carolina
The Shelby Star

"The sound that defines Scott Williams' life isn't the shattering of a backboard or the swish of a jump shot. It isn't the game-ending buzzer signaling his first NBA title or the roar of the crowd following his third. It's the tap, tap, tap he heard on his North Carolina dorm room door Oct. 16, 1987."
Suns' Williams find solid ground after upheaval
The Arizona Republic


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